2015 Best Business Awards Gala
William Glesby Centre
$75.00 a ticket $600 a table
Join us as we celebrate the businesses and people that make Portage
la Prairie a great place to live.
We will be giving out the Best Business Awards and the Community
Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors:
Portage Credit Union
Portage Mutual Insurance
Austin Credit Union
Community Futures Heartland
Lindy is a
marketer, entrepreneur, speaker and writer focused on growing
business and helping leaders realize potential. As
Director of Business Development and Marketing with
Law, and also Principal of
(strategic advisory) she provides strategy, brand, business
development, and marketing insight to improve business performance.
Named one of Marketing Magazine's 30 Under 30, she's a proud
Canadian hailing from the prairies, blending passion,
entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and business acumen in every
challenge. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce
(Honours) from the University of Manitoba, completed Balanced
Scorecard seminars through James. W. Burns Executive Education
Centre, and is currently completing an MBA.
and currently lead Athena
Leadership (a nonprofit women's leadership development
forum) which has since established its annual summer fundraising
event in support of the Leader
of Tomorrow Scholarship, and regularly contribute to
academic, nonprofit, and industry groups.
Speaker Sponsored by:
2015 Annual Report here
New Mission and Vision
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the
3rd UnGALa to celebrate
International Women's Day!
our first ever
Woman Of Distinction award winner:
Mrs. Janet Shindle
(L-R) Cindy McDonald, Executive Director - Portage Chamber, Elicia
Funk, Executive Director - PCRC, Janet Shindle, Joyce Schrader,
Executive Director-Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre
The Portage la Prairie Community
Revitalization Corporation and the
Portage Chamber of Commerce partnered together to launch “Mission
On September 10, 2014, 9 members of our community received a top
including a video and $100. They were challenged to take the $100
and make a positive change in our community, but with a deadline of
only 30 days!
Here are what our Agents
of Change accomplished.
Set up a compliment booth in Portage Collegiate Institute.
85 students exchanged compliments, received a flower and a
$100 encouraged kindness, built self- confidence and 85 students
felt great about their day.
Alana has been invited to
set up a compliment booth at another school.
Using community connections more than doubled his original $100. He
was able to donate $225 to two committees, Parks and Active
Used $100 to host a community clean-up and food drive for the
Not only did $100 improve
the appearance of the neighbourhood, it also brought in105 lbs. of
food for the food bank.
Used his initial $100 to launch a “trade-up” campaign. After he was
finished trading, Jeff managed to turn his $100 into $500 of grocery
certificates. He used those help three schools and two
organizations; resulting in 400 nutritious school snacks, 30 meals
for seniors and food for 15-20 families that use the food bank.
Organized a Halloween costume drive for children, called Costumes
for a Cause. Kirsten and her friends collected 88 costumes, plus
accessories that were distributed to children in Portage. They are
planning to do it again next year. Kirsten wants Portage to be a
community that all children have fond memories of.
Created the Shalom Award. Two students, one from Portage
Collegiate and one from Westpark will receive $1000 each for
embodying the spirit of the word Shalom; “The way things ought to
be.” Nathan used $100 as a catalyst for conversations with local
businesses so that the Shalom Award will continue on.
Used her $100 to buy baking supplies for her cubs. The cubs baked
cookies which they sold to their families to raise more money for
their projects. The cubs were able to build two benches that they
donated, paint playground equipment, purchase food for the Salvation
Army food bank while learning how to give back to their community.
Created a Facebook page challenging people in Portage to give their
best My Portage message and used the $100 as a prize. Tyler used
social media to promote and encourage positive attitudes for our
Used the $100 to establish the first ever “Proud to be a Portager
By colouring cornstarch and organizing this event, Ember with her
partners not only raised $1040 which she donated to Big Brothers Big
Sisters, but highlighted why Portage is a great place to live.
With their creative thinking
and hard work, these 9 individuals surpassed all expectations.